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Tebow thinks last season validated him as a quarterback

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Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason is so skeptical of Tim Tebow’s ability to play quarterback that Esiason thinks the Jets should cut Tebow. But today, when Tebow joined Esiason for a radio interview, Tebow said he believes he has already proven himself as an NFL quarterback.

Asked on Boomer & Carton whether he felt the playoff win over the Steelers last season validated him as a quarterback, Tebow said that he thinks his entire body of work from the 2011 season did that.

I don’t think it was just that moment,” Tebow said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I think it was the six-game winning streak, I think it was some of the come-from-behind wins, I think it was helping lead my team to a playoff game and then it was great playing the number one defense in the NFL in our stadium and being able to win a big playoff game and then go play Tom Brady and the Patriots. But there were a lot of special things last season.”

As for Esiason’s opinion that Tebow simply isn’t an NFL quarterback, Tebow responded that he’s a quarterback who can also help the Jets at other positions, which is what the team plans for him this season.

“I consider myself a quarterback that they ask me to do other things to help this team,” Tebow said. “If I have the ability and attributes to go do something else and help this team then I’m going to put my heart and soul into doing that.”

The fact that Tebow has to do other things to help his team — instead of helping his team as a starting quarterback — shows that many around the league share Esiason’s view that Tebow still has a lot of work to do to validate himself as an NFL quarterback.

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47 Responses to “Tebow thinks last season validated him as a quarterback”
  1. tucostacos says: Aug 23, 2012 2:43 PM

    Being a QB in the NFL does not an NFL QB make…

  2. opinevain says: Aug 23, 2012 2:44 PM

    I guess he finally listened to Skip Bayless. Oh the irony.

  3. tuckfanforlife says: Aug 23, 2012 2:45 PM

    drug test tebow please

  4. ecupatsfan12 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:47 PM

    I love Tim Tebow as a person and think he is a genuine humble guy. That being said, he is nowhere close to being an NFL QB at this time. He struggles to read defenses and takes forever to throw the ball. He needs to get rid of the ball quicker instead of running around like a headless chicken. He played well against Pittsburgh, but until he can complete more than 55 percent of his passes hes nothing more than a gimmick

  5. bucrightoff says: Aug 23, 2012 2:48 PM

    Sure, as an option QB for a college team. As an NFL QB? Not so much.

  6. hatesycophants says: Aug 23, 2012 2:50 PM

    It’s already been established that this guy isn’t very bright. Does he really expect discerning football fans to believe he’s so dumb he doesn’t realize how terrible he is?

  7. rajbais says: Aug 23, 2012 2:51 PM

    Someone has been listening to Skip Bayless for too long.

    This is going to be a long, weary season for the New York Jets this year.

  8. medtxpack says: Aug 23, 2012 2:54 PM

    Geeez, i mean look how he holds the ball, with his fingertips! you cant have a very good grip like that! ha

  9. sactogary says: Aug 23, 2012 2:54 PM

    Tebow has a whole lotta room to improve, but it is undeniable that he led the Broncos to victories as the starting quarterback. Detracters love to give all the credit to the defense, kicker, and just dumb luck, and those factors do deserve their share of credit, but Tebow deserves his too.

    People talk like the onside kick was the difference in the Dolphins game. Yes, it was important, but Tebow led two touchdown drives totaling 130+ yards in the closing minutes of the game – I’m thinking THAT was important too.

  10. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:56 PM

    Maybe for the Oklahoma teams of the early 70’s.

  11. biggestsaintsfanever says: Aug 23, 2012 3:03 PM

    Boomer was a bust..and he wants to bad mouth Tebow..gotta laugh at that !!

  12. therealraiderduck says: Aug 23, 2012 3:03 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks a “Tebow for President” run is only 12 short years away?

    And no, I wouldn’t vote for him either.

  13. FinFan68 says: Aug 23, 2012 3:03 PM

    Tebow may not be a great QB but he is a very good football player. They could line him up at QB, FB, TE or maybe even LB and the kid can contribute. He has athletic skill, confidence and football smarts and a huge drive to succeed. I would take the kid on my team and plug him in wherever he fits.

  14. regisphilbin says: Aug 23, 2012 3:05 PM

    I think it was when he went 6/20 for 60yards against the Chef’s. You know the game they needed to win to make the playoffs on their own…..

  15. mangycougar says: Aug 23, 2012 3:08 PM

    Kordell Stewart also had some good games at QB too. Look at how his career turned out…

    Simply out, this guy has the potential to be a good utility player, not a QB, as was Kordell.

  16. delhommed says: Aug 23, 2012 3:08 PM

    Tim Tebow is to NFL QB as Warren Sapp is to broadcaster!

  17. wikipediasaidso says: Aug 23, 2012 3:10 PM

    It validated Tim Tebow just like Vince Young’s rookie season with “Offensive Rookie of the Year” award, impressive 6-game win streak, and Pro Bowl appearance validated him. (One win short of the playoffs, after losing to Tom Brady in week 17).

    I guess it depends what you mean by “validated”.

  18. sactogary says: Aug 23, 2012 3:12 PM

    Just looking for info here. Does anyone know of an NFL team that has tried to fully implement an option offense? Yes, I know it “won’t work,” but has it ever been tried?

  19. jetstizzi85 says: Aug 23, 2012 3:17 PM

    The kid is trying to fix his motion. You all act like after all the years throwing a certain way he would fix it over night and that would NEVER happen for anybody. The kid knows his “niche” and does it pretty damn good.

  20. raiderrawnes says: Aug 23, 2012 3:17 PM

    Well he is right about being listed as quarterback on the jets depth chart……but is he a good quarterback? No.

  21. therealraiderduck says: Aug 23, 2012 3:18 PM

    sactogary says:
    Aug 23, 2012 3:12 PM
    Just looking for info here. Does anyone know of an NFL team that has tried to fully implement an option offense? Yes, I know it “won’t work,” but has it ever been tried?

    ==========================

    Not since the 1950s. The closest was probably Bill Walsh running the wishbone offense during the first ’87 strike game on MNF vs. the Giants. Parcells laughed when he first saw it, but cussed out a reporter after the game; the Niners ran for 240 yards and won by three touchdowns.

  22. tabdanger says: Aug 23, 2012 3:23 PM

    He is an NFL QB until they stop paying him to be one.

  23. sactogary says: Aug 23, 2012 3:24 PM

    wikipediasaidso says:Aug 23, 2012 3:10 PM

    It validated Tim Tebow just like Vince Young’s rookie season with “Offensive Rookie of the Year” award, impressive 6-game win streak, and Pro Bowl appearance validated him. (One win short of the playoffs, after losing to Tom Brady in week 17).

    I guess it depends what you mean by “validated”.

    This is exactly the point. No one is claiming VY or TT is elite, but Vince Young is definitely an NFL QB. This will be his 7th season as a QB on an NFL roster. What do YOU think an NFL QB is?

  24. delhommed says: Aug 23, 2012 3:24 PM

    Hey sactogary, look at what the Panthers offense did with Cam Newton last year. The offense lit up the score board… although Newton is a better PASSER than RUNNER, so he may not qualify for your debate.

  25. hyzers says: Aug 23, 2012 3:26 PM

    Hate on Tebow all you want but he still Tebowed the Bears and the Steelers lol

  26. citizenstrange says: Aug 23, 2012 3:30 PM

    Just like Sanchez went to the AFCCG his first two years and Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl Rings.

    Any QB can feel validated when the defense drags them to the finish line.

    J.P. Losman could have felt validated if the Bills had had the number one defense in the entire NFL.

    A team should win because of their quarterback and not in spite of them. That is what truly validates a quarterback.

  27. cgsuddeath says: Aug 23, 2012 3:37 PM

    I am having a hard time keeping from laughing at this story.Maybe if we didn’t put so much pressure on this guy he would learn to play better.

  28. papabush88 says: Aug 23, 2012 3:41 PM

    Validated as a Quarterback? No.

    Validated as a football player? Yes.

    This is a passing league. He is not a good passer. Athletic QBs (Vick, VY, Tebow) win games. They don’t win Super Bowls.

    Aaron Rodgers is actually somewhat athletic. His stats say he can tuck the ball and run a little bit, but that’s also because the Packers haven’t had a good RB in years.

  29. florida727 says: Aug 23, 2012 3:41 PM

    “The fact that Tebow has to do other things to help his team — instead of helping his team as a starting quarterback — shows that many around the league share Esiason’s view that Tebow still has a lot of work to do to validate himself as an NFL quarterback.”

    ——————————————————

    Or it could mean he’s one of the best ATHLETES on the team and can do more than the rest of the one-dimensional players out there.

    Face it, people hate on Tim because he’s not bashful about sharing his religious views (which I wholeheartedly agree with, so go ahead and thumbs-down me too). Is he Peyton Manning or Drew Brees? No. Then again, neither is anyone else, except of course for Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.

  30. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 23, 2012 4:14 PM

    The fact that Tebow is even on an NFL roster is more proof that there’s about four too many teams in the league…

  31. melikefootball says: Aug 23, 2012 4:25 PM

    Atleast he has ONE person on his side as a NFL QB….himself.

  32. papabush88 says: Aug 23, 2012 4:28 PM

    @florida727

    I do not hate on Tebow because of the fact he wears his religion on his sleeve. In fact, I commend him for it. He knew, at least he should have known, that he was going to face a lot of scrutiny for it. We live in a country that defames and derides Christians, and in the same breath protects and coddles other religions like Islam and Judaism and whatever else.

    I do like watching Tebow play. He is extremely athletic and competitive. However, you can’t argue that he throws the ball well. His completion percentage last year was horrid, but he’s not doomed. He can succeed in this league. Skip Bayless might be right. Maybe a spread option is the best way for Tebow to thrive. I don’t really know. But if you expect Tebow to be an elite passing QB any time in the near future, it’s not happening. This two QB system might have worked elsewhere but not the Jets. Sanchez was extraordinary in the Redzone last year. If they take that away from Sanchez, there’s no point to even have Sanchez in NY. Plus, they took away his best redzone WR in Plaxico.
    IMO, I think the coaching has plagued this team. While Rex is an incredible defensive mind, he’s never put full confidence or trust in Mark. This has caused Sanchez to continue to struggle. Not saying Sanchez could be an elite QB, but he and Rex and their OC’s have not meshed well. Also, this Jets O-line is embarrassing to say the least. You need to either put full faith into Sanchez, get O-linemen that can protect, and actually sign WRs that aren’t nearing Senior Citizen age, or you go with Tebow and go all out with smash mouth football.

  33. pastabelly says: Aug 23, 2012 4:33 PM

    There are a lot of bad backup quarterbacks in the NFL. The reason this one shouldn’t have a job is the distraction he brings to any team he plays on.

  34. wrdtoyrmama says: Aug 23, 2012 5:11 PM

    Different era for sure, but look at this QB’s stat line:

    Passing: 1,814 out of 3,700

    Completion rate: 49.0

    Total passing yards: 26,768

    TDs: 196

    Ints: 243

    QB Rating: 63.4

    Rushing Attempts: 611

    Rushing yards: 2,451

    Rushing TDs: 25

    Its College and Pro Hall of Fame QB, Bobby Layne’s statistics.

    Maybe the future of the NFL offensively is less trying to protect the pocket passer, and more about putting pressure on offenses with an athletic/physical QB that can also beat you with his legs.

    We are starting to see more of that type of QB in the league.

  35. exhelodrvr says: Aug 23, 2012 5:27 PM

    Last season did validate him as a quarterback. It did not validate him as an effective passer. A lot of you, and a lot of the “experts”, can’t seem to understand that those two are not the same. Whether he is a good enough quarterback to win a Super Bowl is certainly debatable at this point, but he pretty clearly is a valid NFL quarterback.

  36. pftcensorssuck says: Aug 23, 2012 5:34 PM

    I suppose if I looked across the practice field and saw Mark Sanchez taking first-team snaps, yeah, I’d think I was an NFL quarterback, too.

  37. onbucky96 says: Aug 23, 2012 5:35 PM

    Sub 50% completion does not validate you as a quaterback, it means you have to run a college option offense. Great humanitatian, below average quaterback.

  38. cuda1234 says: Aug 23, 2012 6:12 PM

    Statistically Tim Tebow just produced one of the worst seasons in NFL history and the Broncos backed into the playoffs on a 3-game losing streak without a winning record.

    That absolutely validates Tebow as a qb – a horrible one. The numbers don’t lie.

  39. sooner348 says: Aug 23, 2012 6:30 PM

    I do not hate Tebow for his religous views (although I think he does go out of his way to put them out there). I hate the fact that this guy continues to get chance after chance to play a position that he does not have the skills to play in the NFL just because he has a popular following. If it were any other guy, he would have been out of the league (at least at QB) a long time ago. His stats are horrible compared to even the most average NFL QB out there. But teams like the Bronco’s and the Jet’s like the attention they get from having him around. He is a side show only and will never amount to anything resembling an NFL QB. Please stop the madness.

  40. wikipediasaidso says: Aug 23, 2012 6:34 PM

    This is exactly the point. No one is claiming VY or TT is elite, but Vince Young is definitely an NFL QB. This will be his 7th season as a QB on an NFL roster. What do YOU think an NFL QB is?
    ======

    A first round draft pick used on a QB? I think for those guys, being “validated” as an NFL QB means being an established starter who’s not getting cut or traded for two mid-late round draft picks.

    And for the record, I’m pretty sure when Tebow said he was “validated”, he meant that he proved he was a capable #1 QB. Not a “niche” player or a guy who stands on the sidelines most of the time (like Young is now), after getting a clear shot at a starting job at least once.

  41. jimbrashear says: Aug 23, 2012 7:03 PM

    If Aaron Rodgers in some people’s minds wasn’t even a validated QB until he won a SUPER BOWL given he was following up Brett Favre – Tebow isn’t even close.

  42. sportmentary says: Aug 23, 2012 7:24 PM

    I’m a Tebow fan but would hardly call what he does, being a quarterback.

  43. jollyjoker2 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:57 PM

    Jeff George had a fantastic arm. Remember him… .Or elvis grback with a super bowl ravens team… Know what their teams did… NOTHING !. Tebow took a p’ poor denver team to the playoff and every one comes after him. He can run fantastic and his arm is okay. I can’t believe the bad press this guy gets.

  44. qwerty007qwerty007 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:04 PM

    @citizenstrange

    Just like Sanchez went to the AFCCG his first two years and Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl Rings.

    Any QB can feel validated when the defense drags them to the finish line.

    —————————————————-

    Riiiiigggghhhhttt…

    Some stats just for your education:

    Ben R
    Games: 114
    Comp %: 63
    TD’s: 165
    Int’s: 100
    YD’s: 26, 579
    QB Rating: 92

    E Manning
    Games: 121
    Comp%: 58
    TD’s: 185
    Int’s: 129
    YD’s: 27, 579
    QB Rating: 82

  45. callmegandhi says: Aug 23, 2012 10:30 PM

    The bad press is because he has completed less than 50% of his passes and is 8-6 in his lifetime! Give it up! He’s a great guy but that doesn’t get you very far in the NFL. He can’t hit a wide open receiver 10 yards down the field. What kind of validation is that? There a 40 quarterbacks that have one at least one playoff game. Cutler and Romo are on the list, I’ll take them any day of the week! Oh and Cutler kind of a dick, and I’ll still take him over Tebow. He’s a flash in the pan and will have a better winning percentage on Dancing with the Stars than he will in the NFL.

  46. lance19 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:50 AM

    papabush,
    if you really feel Christians have it so tough
    in this country, you might want to try walking in the shoes of someone from a smaller religion…or an atheist or agnostic for a while…maybe give you some compassion…

  47. christiansagainstnike says: Aug 24, 2012 3:54 AM

    Tebow turned down endorsing a sportswear company honoring God for His love in order to endorse the company honoring the PAGAN GODDESS NIKE for victory!

    Is it any wonder why Tebow struggles?

    http://www.christiansagainstnike.com/

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